Soil and Water Quality Research

Research in this area focuses on restoration of severely degraded soil, fate and transport of anthropogenic compounds applied to soils, and fundamental hydropedological processes in soils and landscapes.

Soil and Water Quality researchers working in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State.

Hydropedology integrates pedology, hydrology, and geomorphology to study interactive pedologic and hydrologic processes and landscape-soil-hydrology relationships across space and time, aiming to understand pedologic controls on hydrologic processes and properties, and hydrologic impacts on soil formation, variability, and functions.

We have a long history of studying how soil affects the lives of the state’s citizens and how people have, and are today, changing the state’s soils. While the lab’s research focuses largely on Pennsylvania soil issues, we have conducted work regionally, nationally, and internationally.

We seek to provide unbiased information and advice on issues that impact sustainable use and conservation of our soil resources, remediation and reclamation of polluted and degraded soils such a brownfields and mined lands, and soil based recycling of residual materials from agricultural, municipal, and industrial waste streams.

Our laboratory works across multiple applications of our science. The core theme of our work is soil and water quality. Water quality is tied to much of what occurs in our soils, since water travels through the soil as it moves from the soil surface to ground water and surface water. Our work seeks to understand the processes and mechanisms of transport of chemicals transported by water moving through soil.